CISA certification is one of the top paying IT certifications for many years in a row. But you need to invest a lot of effort and some money too before you get CISA certified. So what is the exam CISA certification cost.
There is a little difference between CISA exam fee and CISA certification cost. While exam is only a part of CISA certification process, CISA certification also means having the requisite 5 years experience and application for CISA certification.
CISA exam fee currently is $575, if you also buy ISACA membership which separately costs $135. If you do not get ISACA membership then CISA exam fee is $760 because then you be charged ISACA non-member exam fee. Moreover, if you register by early deadline, then you get a $50 on the CISA exam fee. When you get ISACA membership you also have to pay your local ISACA chapter dues which are nominal (about $20) in most cases.
Therefore, assuming that you you appear in CISA exam with ISACA membership and you register for exam before the early registration deadline, then your total exam cost comes to around $689 (525+135+20).
You can apply for CISA certification only after you passed CISA exam with a minimum score of 450. You will download the CISA certification application, fill it, pay $50 CISA application processing fee and submit it to ISACA. So your total CISA certification cost will be around $740 ($689 exam and ISACA membership fee + $50 CISA application processing fee).
And after that you will continue to adhere to CISA application CPE policy and Code of Ethics and pay a CISA certification maintenance fee of $85 every year. ISACA membership is optional but because of all the resources it provides you might also want to continue with it.
Without the membership, CISA certification cost is at the minimum $740. This is without the cost you will incur on buying CISA study material.